Miró Quartet names winner of school music contest

Remember how the Miró Quartet, as part of its 20th anniversary, was giving away a free master class to a school music program, with hopefuls submitting videos via social media?

The celebrated Austin-based named a winner today. The Miró Transcendence Education Project goes to Fox Chapel Area High School Orchestra in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. miroloungecolor2013

The program and its students will receive a visit from the Miró — at the quartet’s expense — that will include a masterclass.

The winning video submission (http://on.fb.me/1Qr7mrZ) came from Fox Chapel Area High School Orchestra under the instruction of Mairi Cooper. After Cooper won Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award her students decided to pay it forward by entering into the Miró Quartet’s contest on her behalf.

Joshua Gindele, founding member of the Miró Quartet remarks, “This educator really inspired all four of us — having transcended the limitations of what people think is possible within the public school system, and allowing students to transcend themselves. We cannot wait to meet her and her students in person.”

The Miró next concert in Austin is Jan. 22 at UT’s Butler School of Music. On the program is Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major and Chausson’s Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano and String Quartet.


Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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